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Computer-Related Inventions Lead in Patent Activity According to Thomson Reuters 2009 Innovation Report

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Global Intellectual Property Analysis Finds Most Prolific Patenting in Computers & Peripherals, Semiconductors, Telecommunications, Automotive and Pharmaceutical Industries

Eagan, MN -- Innovation activity amidst the Great Recession of 2009 was robust across major industries and technology areas, according to an analysis of world patent activity published by the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.

The new study, 2009 Innovation Report: Twelve Key Industries and Their States of Innovation, tracks unique inventions in granted patents and published applications within aerospace, agrochemicals & agriculture, automotive, computers & peripherals, cosmetics, domestic appliances, food, tobacco & fermentation, medical devices, petroleum & chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and telecommunications.

Key findings include:

  • Computers & Peripherals lead with 226,293 inventions in '09: With more than double the number of patents filed in any of the other technology areas studied, the Computers & Peripherals industry saw a great deal of innovation coming from computer manufacturers, peripherals makers and smart media developers.
  • Mobile phones continue to drive new innovation: Within the broad telecommunication technology area, mobile telephony is the leader in new patent activity, with 44,714 records in this category in 2009.
  • Alternative power heats up auto industry: Alternative power has become the biggest source of patent activity in the automotive industry, surpassing perennial leaders such as engine design, braking systems and safety in 2009.

The data in this report was compiled using the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) database. Patent activity is used as a benchmark for innovation. The research aggregates granted patents and published applications (examined and unexamined) from Jan. 1 through Dec. 11, 2009.

To view the full report, 2009 Innovation Report: Twelve Key Industries and Their States of Innovation, and see additional methodology details, go to

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